Leadership

The WSSCC community is a diverse group of professionals around the world who work actively on behalf of the 2 billion people without access to safe sanitation and hygiene and the 892 million of them who must resort to open defecation.

In addition to our members in 141 countries, and many partner organizations, the WSSCC community includes staff based in Geneva, volunteer National Coordinators, Global Sanitation Fund programme managers, a democratically elected Steering Committee and bi-lateral donor partners.


Good governance is at the heart of our commitment to serve those central to our mission and is the foundation for sustainable programming and accountability to our stakeholders and donors. The Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) is a global, multi-stakeholder membership and partnership-based organization that works with poor people, non-State actors and civil society organizations, national and local governments, the private sector and other stakeholders at the national, regional and global levels to improve sanitation and hygiene at scale. WSSCC works to advance sanitation and hygiene and uses this as a foundation for related achievements in health, education, gender equality, urbanization and climate change.
Hind Khatib-Othman
Hind Khatib-Othman

WSSCC’s Executive Chair

Ms Hind Khatib-Othman serves as WSSCC’s Executive Chair. With over 30 years of experience in International Development and Global Health, she brings extensive leadership capabilities and a deep knowledge of international development work to the role, including grantmaking and programme finance operations. Until June 2019, Ms Khatib-Othman had served as Managing Director at the Gavi Alliance. Prior to joining the Gavi Alliance in 2012, she worked for UNAIDS as Regional Director in the Middle East and North Africa region. She has also directed country programmes at the Global Fund. She has worked with UNICEF for 16 years in progressively more senior roles in several regions, including the Middle East and North Africa, Eastern Europe, Central Asia and Africa. Ms Khatib-Othman’s academic background is in Sociology and Public Administration, with a field of specialization in Health Care Services, in which she holds a master’s degree from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles.

Sue Coates
Sue Coates

WSSCC Executive Director ad interim

Ms Sue Coates serves as the Executive Director a.i. Before joining WSSCC, she worked with UNICEF as Regional WASH Advisor, East and Southern Africa and as Chief of WASH, UNICEF India. She also served as Regional WASH Advisor, West and Central Africa, UNICEF. She brings a wealth of sector experience, working with academia, civil society, the private sector and with national and global level advocacy and communication. At UNICEF, Ms Coates has provided technical advice and oversight to development programs in over 50 countries in Africa and Asia. At the Water Engineering and Development Centre (WEDC), Loughborough University, Ms Coates was Associate Director for WELL, the DFID resource centre for water, sanitation and environmental health and Programme Manager for its global partnership network.

Dominic-O’Neill
Dominic O’Neill

WSSCC’s Executive Director

Mr Dominic O’Neill has been recently appointed as WSSCC’s Executive Director and joins in September. Mr O’Neill brings an array of experiences in the development industry on a national and global level. He currently serves as Chief Operating Officer for the World Wildlife Fund International. He is also a non-executive Director on the Board of the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) and has held the position of the UK’s Executive Director on the Board of the African Development Bank. Mr O’Neill joined the World Wildlife Fund in 2017, after 15 years with the Department for International Development (DFID), most recently as Head of the United Nations and Commonwealth Department. Born in the UK, Mr O’Neill has qualifications in environmental health and water.

James Wicken
James Wicken

Head, Global Policy, Advocacy, Innovation Unit

Mr James Wicken is Head of Global Policy and Innovation. Prior to joining our organization in 2019, James worked with WaterAid for many years in Asia and the Pacific region. Most recently, he served as the founding Country Director for WaterAid in Cambodia where he established a dynamic influencing program focusing on sector strengthening, equality and inclusion and WASH and health integration. Prior to Cambodia James worked as the first Director of Policy and Campaigns for WaterAid Australia. Earlier in his career, Mr Wicken worked for ten years in South Asia in policy and advocacy roles in the WASH sector.

Carolien Van der Voorden
Carolien van der Voorden

Head, Technical Support Unit

Ms Carolien Van der Voorden is currently the Head of Technical Support Unit. She has been a with WSSCC since January 2003. Between 2014 and 2017, she was the GSF Senior Programme Officer for Learning and Documentation. Prior to that, she was the focal point for the Council national and regional level activities, networking and knowledge management. Before joining WSSCC she held positions at The Mvula Trust, a South African water and sanitation NGO, and at IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre in the Netherlands.

Maki Rankoe
Maki Rankoe

Head of Finance and Operations Unit

Mr Maki Rankoe joined in 2019 as Head of Finance and Operations Unit. Previously, Maki was Head of Support Services for UNOPS Ghana. Prior to this, he was Finance Specialist at UNOPS Senegal Hub. He is a Qualified Chartered Accountant with a solid understanding of finance and business reporting in both profit-making and non-profit making international organizations. To his role, he brings more than 25 years’ extensive experience in financial management, accounting, resources management, system implementation, internal auditing, administration and capacity building. 

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The Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) is a global, multi-stakeholder membership and partnership-based

Governance

Good governance is at the heart of our commitment to serve those central to our mission and is the foundation for sustainable...

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At the current trajectory, the SDG 6.2 indicator of safely managed sanitation will not be realized until the 22nd century. Even...